If the idea hosting a Fourth of July celebration at your home sounds like a nightmare, have no fear. Plenty of restaurants throughout South Florida have plans of their own, and you’re most definitely invited. Don’t forget to make plans for fireworks!
Palm Beach County
Celebrating its first July 4th, this new waterfront restaurant (it opened in February and is partly owned by Michael Jordan) will have an all-American hot dog bar with more than 50 toppings (pictured). Create your specialty dog, then enter it in a contest for a gift certificate. The prix-fixe menu party is from 4 to 9 p.m. and includes a barbecue, live music, chicken sliders, grilled corn and desserts, cocktails, beer, wine and more. Cost is $95 for adults, $45 for kids. 1000 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561/570-1000; 1000north.com
Boston’s at the Beach
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
The barbecue joint is celebrating our nation’s birthday with a whole smoked chicken, two large sides and cornbread take-out special for $22.95. If you’re itching for a rack of ribs, just tack on another $2. Plus, buy-one-get-one drinks from 1 to 4 p.m. and $4 Budweiser and Bud Light all day long. 700 S. Rosemary Ave. #232, West Palm Beach; 561/619-5604; cityplace.com/promotions/brotherjimmys4th
Due South Brewing
Join the party at the brewery with suds, including the newly tapped MF BOOM, as well as food from Stash Box BBQ. The party is from noon to 8 p.m. and guests can enjoy the fireworks from the deck. 2900 High Ridge Rd #3, Boynton Beach; 561/463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com
Head to the market for its first Fourth of July, with family fun on the loading dock, steel drum music, a corn hole tournament, boozy popsicles, World cup games, and more. 1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach; 561/771-6100; grandviewpublic.com
For July 4th, and being served now through July 8, try the USA ‘Rita (pictured). This spin on a margarita is a cool red, white and blue with Espolon Reposado tequila, blue curacao and strawberry puree. The patriotic drink is $4. 501 Silks Run, Hallandale; 954/457-7662: cantinalardeo.com
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
After the fireworks, head to the beachfront hotel for its Glow Party at the Ilios Terrace from 8 to 10 p.m., with a live DJ, glow sticks, and a Make-Your-Own-S’mores Station. Not only is there “reverse happy hour” from 9 to 11 p.m., but patriotic-themed drinks will be $10 to $12 and beer buckets are $20 and up. 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/414-2222; website
The beachfront, redesigned SKY Bar will launch on July 4 with casual American cuisine and cocktails. The prix-fixe celebration is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a happy hour, followed by a clam bake feast from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. And then there are fireworks. Cost is $59 per adult, $29 for kids 12 and under. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/567-8070; atlantichotelfl.com
The Wynwood Yard
A two-day celebration starts July 3 here at 7:30 p.m. with a luau-style pulled pork, calypso jerk BBQ ribs and chicken, tapas, live music and more. Then on July 4, the Beer Fest and BBQ goes from noon to 8 p.m.RSVP here 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305/351-0366; thewynwoodyard.com
For the seventh year, celebrate July 4th here with a guest chef at a big barbeque. For the holiday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., join The Dutch’s Chef Mario Alegre and guest Chef Xavier Torres from Drunken Dragon for a prix-fixe menu that includes octopus and conch salad, Adobo marinated suckling pig, steamed corn dumplings and more. Cost is $40, plus tax/gratuity and beverages. W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/938-3111; thedutchmiami.com
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls
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